Sunday, April 19, 2015

Andy Reid visits paralyzed Rutgers player

Eagles coach Andy Reid took time during the bye week to visit paralyzed Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand.

Andy Reid visits paralyzed Rutgers player

Eagles coach Andy Reid took time during the bye week to visit paralyzed Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand.

LeGrand has been hospitalized since suffering a spinal cord injury making a tackle against Army on Oct. 16.

Reid's gesture impressed LeGrand, according to his roommate and teammates Khaseem Greene.

“Eric said he loved it,” Greene said Saturday of Reid’s visit, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. “But he joked that he would’ve loved it even more if (former Broncos coach) Mike Shanahan had come. He has always been a big Broncos fan.’’

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Greene, LeGrand's roommate at Rutgers, said he visited the hospital Friday to check in on LeGrand.

“I wanted to see him and tell him how much I love him and the first thing he told me was I need to wrap up when I tackle,” said a smiling Greene. “I missed a couple of tackles in the Pitt game. Eric is such a bright, funny guy. Just being around him makes me feel so much better.

“He suffered such a devastating injury and we’re all shocked about it, but when you go up there to see him, he’s making a joke or he gives you that big smile. He’s in remarkable spirits for someone who has gone through what he has. A lot of people would have given up hope, but not Eric.

“He’s a big, strong, spirited guy. He’s treating this thing like he’s still out there with us. He’s asking me how I’m doing and he’s the one laying up there in a hospital bed.”

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From the whatever happened to file ...

Former Eagles running back Lorenzo Booker ran for 147 yards last night for the Hartford Colonials in the UFL in a 27-26 loss to Sacramento and Jeff Garcia.

Booker is among the league leaders in yards from scrimmage in the league. He also wants to work as a wide receiver split out wide and return kicks, saying that some NFL teams have called and asked if that is something he would be able to do. Booker points out that to be a backup running back in the NFL, you need to be able to help teams in other ways.

"I'm having a great time here," Booker recently told AOL. "For me, it was never a question on whether or not I could make plays. I'm getting a chance here to tighten up my routes (as a receiver), read coverages while showcasing some of other skills I have."

 

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